Calming Our Fear Saturday, Feb 11 2012 

Fear is usually present in the lives of adult children. We are afraid of rejection, abandonment, abuse and deprivation; we might even develop an array of phobias. We may have a fear of failure based on having been told repeatedly that we will never amount to anything. This fear stopped many of us from believing that the future held any promise.

Others avoid success because they feel a need to live up to unrealistic expectations. We may resist accepting responsibilities that we believe are beyond our ability.

Our concerns can be faced and subdued as we experience God’s perfect love for us. In Christ, there is no fear of rejection, abandonment, failure, or the future. As the child within us is nurtured by the Holy Spirit’s loving and gentle touch, our misgivings can be dispelled. We are children of God, so we do not need to be afraid. He is always with us, guiding and protecting us. Rather than fear God, we can respect and rely on his presence in our lives.

Our reverence for God can gradually overshadow our fears from the past and give us hope for the future. Then we can say with David, “The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”

Prayer: Ease my fears, Lord, and help me to trust and rest in you.

-Ron Ross- excerpt taken from Psalms 27,  NIV Recovery Devotional Bible

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Learning to wait Tuesday, Nov 29 2011 

The people who are most successful at living and loving are those who can learn to wait successfully. Not many people enjoy waiting or learning patience. Yet waiting can be a powerful tool that will help us accomplish much good.

We cannot always have what we want when we want it. For different reasons, what we want to do, have, be, or accomplish is not available to us now. But there are things we could not do or have today, no matter what, that we can have in the future. Today, we would make ourselves crazy trying to accomplish what will come naturally and with ease later.

We can trust that all is on schedule. Waiting time is not wasted time. Something is being worked out – in us, in someone else, in the universe.

We don’t have to put our life on hold while we wait. We can direct our attention elsewhere; we can practice acceptance and gratitude in the interim, we can trust that we do have a life to live while we are waiting – then we go about living it.

Deal with your frustration and impatience, but learn how to wait. The old saying, “You can’t always get what you want” isn’t entirely true. Often in life, we can get what we want – especially the desires of our heart – if we can learn to wait.

Prayer: God, I am willing to learn the art of patience. If I am feeling powerless because I want something to happen and I am not in control of the timing, help me to trust you and learn to wait.

-Melody Beattie- excerpt taken from 2 Peter 3:8-9  NIV Recovery Devotional Bible

Values – Is it Time for Realignment? Monday, Jun 6 2011 

You have already made choices about your values. Some you might have weighed carefully and acted upon with intentionality. They are likely things you celebrate. Others you have made without any conscious thought and you live them by default. You might not even be aware of these decisions.

How can you discover the unconscious values you’ve embraced? Look at how you spend your time and money. Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck observed, “When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us, we spend time with it, time enjoying it, and time taking care of it.”

Perhaps it is time to conduct a values audit in your life. Look at your calendar. Review your budget and compare it to your spending habits. Think about your passions. All of those things will lead you invariably to an accounting of your values. If you are living by values that run contrary to your ideals, philosophy, or theology, consider what changes you must make to align who you are, what you believe, and what you do.

-John Maxwell-  excerpt from “The Choice is Yours”

“Nice guys may appear to finish last,

but usually they are

running in a different race.”

-NORMAN VINCENT PEALE-

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“There’s harmony and inner peace

to be found in following

a moral compass that points

in the same direction,

regardless of fashion or trend.”

-TED KOPPEL-

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For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.

-MATTHEW 6:21- NIV